The Royal Tradition Queen Elizabeth II Might Break for Meghan Markle

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Sources said that after Doria, 62, flew from LA to London to join Meghan, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, to launch her charity cookbook "Together" in September. The Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II has extended an invitation to Meghan Markle's mom, Doria Ragland, "as a mark of her respect" for Meghan.

A senior royal source said the offer was a "very thoughtful gesture" - and an unusual one. WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAll of this would make a Christmas invite to Sandringham House from the Queen - an honor that's reportedly not been bestowed upon other in-laws like Kate Middleton's parents - even more meaningful.

At this point the, Royal family's love for both Meghan and her mom has been well documented and Prince Charles has reportedly gone so far as to call Meghan the best thing to ever happen to Harry and doted all over Doria doing the couple's wedding reception this past spring.

Megan is very close with his mother.

When the royal baby news was revealed in October, the grandmother-to-be was said to be "very happy about the lovely news" and looking forward "to welcoming her first grandchild", according to a statement from Kensington Palace.

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Last year, Elizabeth made a historic exception by inviting Markle, and now she is breaking royal tradition again for Markle's mother.

The 74-year-old former lighting director has courted controversy over multiple interviews he has given over Meghan and the royals.

Buckingham Palace told The Sun Online they were unable to comment on private matters concerning the royal family.

He was due to walk his daughter down the aisle, but pulled out after revealing he had suffered a heart problem.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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